Tembo’s plotted to oust Mutharika -report

A report in the DPP-sponsored Sky News said on Friday a leaked diplomatic dispatch has revealed a plot by Leader of opposition, John Tembo, to take over the Presidency of the country through the impeachment of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

The broadsheet claims it has the confidential memo that exposes an agreement Tembo had with other political leaders to become Interim President of the Republic of Malawi through chairing a national governing council they were going to form after removing Mutharika.

The newspaper reports that the correspondence also portrays Tembo as a he hypocrite who criticizes others for the same things that he, himself does. He is also exposed to have lambasted his bedfellow, Bakili Muluzi, as his personal betrayer.

According to the broadsheet, Tembo refused to comment on the leaked memo, demanding to be told who owns the newspaper first.

Tembo: Denies the plot

The newspaper reports that a diplomatic memo REF: A) LILONGWE 932   LILONGWE 937 titled DIPLOMATIC LETTER WELCOMED AS IMPEACHMENT WRANGLE CONTINUES reveals that the national governing council was one of the scenarios that Tembo and “his cohorts” wanted to use in their bid to wrest power from Mutharika.

“If the national governing council scenario fails (and with it his shot at an interim presidency), Tembo may decide to work with Mutharika for the sake of the nation,” the newspaper quotes the October 2005 correspondence which different envoys sent to their capitals briefing them on the situation in Malawi at the time.

According to newspaper, the correspondence goes on to read: “The impeachment effort (however) enjoys virtually no public support, and popular criticism of Tembo and the opposition will only intensify.”

The diplomatic correspondence, which is reported to have been a consolidated report on meetings that the heads of the diplomatic missions had with different political leaders in Malawi in the wake of the impeachment threat, said Tembo had denied working with Muluzi to oust Mutharika.

“Tembo denied that he is collaborating with Muluzi’s UDF in promoting impeachment, saying that MCP’s relations with UDF are not good, and that he feels personally betrayed by Muluzi,” the newspaper quotes the correspondence.

The newspaper contends that Tembo’s claims were untrue because it transpired that later in 2009, Tembo accepted to work with Muluzi’s UDF as a joint presidential candidate during the 2009 general elections, which he lost to Mutharika.

The veteran politican claimed the elections were fraudlent.

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